Phytase: The Feed Enzyme, an Overview

  • Namita Singh
  • Sonia Kuhar
  • Kanu Priya
  • Rajneesh Jaryal
  • Rakesh Yadav


This chapter confers an overview of the food enzyme ‘phytase’ that mediates hydrolysis of phytic acid decoyed in food of plant origin. It emphasizes on the molecular classification, sources and production of phytase along with its practical applications. A wide and comprehensive discussion of the phytase, which performs a pivotal function in biochemistry of inositol phosphates, is covered herein along with cataloguing a number of sources that produce the enzyme. Phytase have promising applications in food and fodder industries for enhancing digestibility and absorption of nutrients by upholding the anti-nutritional value of phytic acid.



This work was supported by Haryana State Council for Science & Technology under the R&D scheme, UGC-SAP, DBT-HRD programme, DBT-BIF and DST-FIST, New Delhi.


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  • Namita Singh
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  1. 1.Microbial Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Bio & Nano TechnologyGuru Jambheshwar University of Science & TechnologyHisarIndia

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